The woman at the centre of the scandal that forced the chairman of the Football Association to resign has had months of treatment for mental health issues in America, the Standard has learned.
Civil servant Melissa Jacobs, 37, forced the resignation of Lord Triesman after she revealed intimate details of their relationship as well as a series of remarks he made that now threaten England’s hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup.
The 66-year-old peer — who delivered England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup with David Beckham this weekend — was caught on tape accusing Spain and Russia of planning to bribe referees at this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa and resigned as soon as his remarks were made public.
It today emerged that Ms Jacobs, who stands to make about £100,000 from the revelations, had been receiving treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at a clinic for several months. Miss Jacobs claims that she and the Labour peer had a six-month affair, which she says she ended after becoming uncomfortable about having a relationship with a married man.
Sources close to Miss Jacobs today claimed she resigned from her job as a civil servant last week after months of sick leave while receiving treatment in America — and said she now wants to use the money she makes by selling her story to found a specialist disorders clinic in London